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Avoiding Colds and Flu

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TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID COLDS AND FLU DURING THIS RAINY SEASON

Every time you shake some ones hand, wash yours
But don’t stop there. Wash them as much as possible. Running lots of water over your hands will dilute any germs and send them down the drain.

Keep your hands off
Touching your nose and your eyes may hurt you. Those are the most common places for germs to get in.
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patients wait on a cold day

Go to bed
As if getting enough sleep on a normal basis isn’t hard enough, you need more sleep when you’re feeling under the weather. When you’re tired, your body isn’t fighting hard, it is suggested you get 8 to 10 hours a night.

Get your shot
ensure you get a flu jab soon to prevent infection.

Build up with healthy food

You may think its hard to eat healthy on a regular basis, but eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables supports your immune system. And that’s a lot easier than fighting off the flu.

Work out
regular exercise. Working out regularly enhances immune function.

Stay away
Keep your distance from people displaying symptoms like sneezing and coughing. While that strategy may seem obvious, it applies to more than just strangers and colleagues. Stay away from sick friends and family when possible.

Don’t bite your nails
Biting your nails may be hurting you. Germs get under your nails and nibbling is a fast way to ingest them.

Try to smile
New research has found that happiness may help you. Positive thinking, playing with a pet, and other pleasurable behaviors will boost your immune system.

You want me to sneeze where?
It may sound strange, but when you have to cough and sneeze, do so into the crook of your elbow, not into your hands. Since your hands are a common source of germs, doing that will prevent them from spreading.

Take some alone time
This is when you’ll want to shy away from company. Stay home and take care of yourself.

Watch your symptoms
If it goes from simple sniffles to raging sickness, contact your doctor. Your cold may have escalated to the flu.

Drink, drink, drink
Dehydration can easily occur (especially if you are running a fever or vomiting). If you’re unable to keep fluids down, contact your physician.

Tissue Disposal
Dispose of all used tissues. As easy as it is to grab whatever is on the nightstand to sneeze with it, don’t! You may be furthering the cold.

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